Long after the December and New Year's holidays are over, I usually remember that I have forgotten to make mince pie. Apparently I'm the only one who notices. An unscientific poll of my co-workers indicates that most of them don't like mince pie. I set out to remedy that, borrowing an idea from the MTV show Pimp My Ride. (If you haven't seen the show, they take a car that's in poor condition and restore it and customize it.) One suggestion: Don't tell people it's mince pie, and they will love it.
Makes 1 9-inch pie
1 9-inch pie crust (make your own or use a store-bought refrigerated variety)
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup (dark or light)
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups mincemeat pie filling (You can use store-bought filling or try this recipe from America's Test Kitchen)
21-ounce can of apple pie filling
1 cup walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick cooking spray and place rolled-out dough in the pan, crimping the edges and pricking the bottom with a fork.
Beat eggs, sugar, syrup, melted butter and salt.
Stir in pecans, and pour into pie shell.
Bake 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and spread a layer of mincemeat pie filling on top of pecan layer. Spoon apple pie filling onto mince layer and spread evenly. Break up walnuts and sprinkle on top of apple layer.
Bake for another 30 minutes.